Explaining Nobel Prize winners

It’s that time of year, when we get to hear some proper scientists on BBC Radio 4 explaining what they do. And newspapers grapple with how to explain topography and exotic matter to their readers.

Yes, the Nobel Prizes were awarded this week.

There was some great writing to explain it all, such as this punchy piece in ExtremeTech – bonus point for getting ‘flatland’ in the headline.

But did Wired really have to be so defeatist in its headline: Nobel Prize in Physics Goes to Another Weird Thing Nobody Understands?

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